While Ian Somerhalder has been the name linked with the role of Christian Grey in the adaptation of the phenomenally successful erotic novel 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' it seems that the role will actually go to 'Drive' hunk Ryan Gosling and that the “role is his to turn down”.
The actor, who was voted the 2011 sexiest man on the planet is being tipped to played the troubled billionaire in the raunchy tale of the dark, sadistic relationship between Christian and innocent student Anastasia Steele.
"The role of the sadomasochistic billionaire seems to be man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling's to turn down. But the 'Drive' star may take some persuading," The Sun newspaper claimed.
The star, who narrowly missed out on a Oscar nomination for his role in 'Drive', has recently completed filming of 'Only God Forgives' and will begin work on an un-named Terrence Malick project this September alongside Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.
Ryan isn't the only one in contention as 'Vampire Diaries' star Ian Somerhalder has made it clear he is interested in the coveted role, “he would certainly take the role and seems the most likely candidate”, the Sun added.
But don't think it is a two horse race as the very sexy Tudors actor Henry Cavill is also said to be under consideration.
“An outside bet is Brit star Henry Cavill, who will become a household name as the new Superman in a reboot of the franchise out next year,” they added.
Whoever gets the role is sure to become pretty close to whoever plays Ana, with the graphic sex scenes involved in the movie.
The latest name to be thrown in the ring is Lucy Hale although Emma Roberts and Kristen Stewart have also been mentioned. Rights for the first book in the trilogy have been secured by Universal Studios and Focus Features.
With the success of the book, we are sure they will want to get started filming soon while interest in the erotic tale is at it's peak.
Would you like to see Ryan take on the sadistic and sexy role? We know we would!
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